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COVID-19 Numbers Continue Their Upward Trend And New Study On Health And Identity

Short conversations on the week’s top stories across the state.

On this Newsbuzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Natalie Krebs for an update on COVID-19 and the worsening outlook for the pandemic with Iowa setting new records in hospitalizations in the past month.

Then, Iowa State University’s Beatriz Pereira appears in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research with a newly published report that shows thinking of health as an essential part of identity encourages healthier behaviors. Pereira explains the results of the study and highlights the differences in how political views influence response to public health messages.

Later in the hour, Grant Gerlock talks about Iowa election security, Kate Payne details the impact of the closure of hundreds of polling sites and learning about the celebration taking place the day after Halloween: Dia de los Muertos.

It translates to Day of the Dead, and it starts Sunday, November 1st and continues to November 2nd. Iowa Public Radio’s Kassidy Arena describes how the Day of the Dead is celebrated by many Latino families in Iowa and how the pandemic has changed of the tone of the holiday.


· Beatriz Pereira, assistant professor of marketing, Iowa State University

· Natalie Krebs, reporter, IPR

· Grant Gerlock, reporter, IPR

· Kate Payne, reporter, IPR

· Kassidy Arena, reporter, IPR

· Mark Simmet, host, IPR Studio One

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa